Smallest Town In America: Population One Person

I can’t decide if this is sad or kinda neat. As you see in that sign, the town of Monowi, Nebraska has a population of one person. Her name is Elsie Eiler, and she is 77 years old. Most of the town’s buildings are crumbling down, and as you can imagine, it’s very quiet and desolate.

The last event at the town church, which is pictured below, was the funeral for Elsie’s father fifty years ago. Elsie works at the tavern where she claims she serves the coldest beer in town. Of course, she is the only employee and it’s the only beer in town, so business is good. She serves the people passing through who decide to stop.

The streets of the town don’t really look like streets. They are overgrown with grass and weeds, and look more like little pathways. Monowi has always been a small town. Even back in the 1930s there were only 150 people living there. However, now it’s a very different scene. For example, the town school hasn’t had any children there in three decades. Elsie spends some of her time in the library which has 5,000 books stored in it. Most of them belonged to her late husband, who by the way, she met in elementary school in this same town when she was a little girl.

Don’t feel sorry for Elsie though. She stays there because she wants to, and she loves it! She is even the town mayor. Plugging finances into a tax calculator, she figured she could raise taxes on herself so she could repair four streetlights. She knows that when she can’t care for herself anymore, she will have to leave the town like everyone else, but until that day comes, she will enjoy the cold beer and the notoriety of being the town’s only resident. You go girl!

Smallest Town In America

Smallest Town In America

Smallest Town In America

Smallest Town In America

Smallest Town In America

Smallest Town In America

Smallest Town In America

Smallest Town In America

Via: [Amusing Planet] [Reuters]

COMMENTS

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    Peter 5 years

    Vampire Town !!

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    Amazing seems so peaceful!

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    Sonia 5 years

    Wish I could live there, I hate Colorado.

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      john 3 years

      there are more 1 person towns like hulton PA

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    Looks like the ultimate prepper town. Beautiful, peaceful, and far from civilization.

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      lonnie foreman 3 years

      That is what i was thinking as well

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    Serina Kaine 4 years

    That is such an awesome little town!!! I’d LOVE to live there and help fix it up!! Bring my kids there! They’d love it, it’s so quiet and peaceful! Plenty of room for all their animals and them to run and play and have summer time parties without getting in trouble from nosy neighbor’s! LOL… specially since my boy has Autism!

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      stephen rose 3 years

      i agree with you i know one thing tho im already planning a trip up there. Hell if theres tree lims spred out in the town or stuff like that ill help her out and pick it up and stuff like that. heck i think i just found me a history paper already better go up there before may since this is my last year of school

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    omar 4 years

    awsom

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    White Trash Rowell 4 years

    Is The Females In This Town Single Or Do I Have 2 Hump The Farm Animals Like In The Last Small Town?

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    chad 4 years

    OMG if she is the only resident… WHO TOOK THE PICTURE???

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    adam 4 years

    I admire her I wish I had my own town I wonder if she knows ppl think she’s awesome im def gonna visit this place

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    Kacem 4 years

    I want to learn more about her and the town.

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    Norris 4 years

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    Noie 4 years

    Awesome!! This has to be the only town without any of the bad things that goes on in the city.

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    Dennis 4 years

    I wonder if the land their is for sale and if so how much for it?

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    Joy 4 years

    I have relatives who homesteaded in the area, lived in Minowi and were buried in the cemetery. My parents went there to research family history. They said it’s pretty interesting.

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    Debi 4 years

    would it be possible to move there and help get the town fixed back up?

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      stephen rose 3 years

      agreed im gonna find out to

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    Zachary 3 years

    SO COOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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    stephen rose 3 years

    im going to make a trip up there to Monowi Nebraska. When i get up there im going to look around the area and that. Im also going to eat at the restaurant she has there and much much more. I might even bring her some more books. Then im also going make me a history paper on this place and also put this on my website under traveling section

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    Alyx 1 year

    I could live there. Be Mrs. Elsie secretary

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    Alyx 1 year

    I would interested in helping fix it up, how far is the nearest town to there?

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